White House counsel Don McGahn to depart in the fall

Trump lawyer McGahn, Mueller cooperator, may leave White House

Don McGahn, chief counsel for the White House, will exit his post after the Senate holds confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanagh.

"McGahn was not aware that Trump planned to send the tweet before it posted, The Washington Post reported, citing a source".

But Mr McGahn - who served as a lawyer on the Trump presidential campaign - is the latest in a series of senior White House officials to leave Mr Trump's side.

McGahn's departure had been expected.

Being the lead attorney in the Trump White House is roughly equivalent to my stress level when one of my kids is the first performer at a piano recital.

The website noted some allies of President Donald Trump fear McGahn gave up too much information to special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators.

McGahn has served as the lawyer overseeing White House legal concerns more generally.

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"He was surprised", the source said.

McGahn has reportedly clashed with Trump and may have incriminated him during 30 hours of interviews with Mueller's team.

Trump fired James Comey, the former director of the FBI, who was leading the agency's Russian Federation investigation at the time Trump ousted him, leading to Mueller's appointment, over Trump's objections, to take over the probe. "His departure from the White House, whenever that may be, would be a big loss for the Trump Administration and the country". Flood also worked for former President George W. Bush.

"Iowa GOP Sen. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted after the president's announcement: "I hope it's not true McGahn is leaving White House Counsel".

Minutes after Grassley's warning, however, the president fired off another tweet, again referring to Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt".

The president later denounced the reports as "fake news". In January 2017, then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates informed McGahn that Flynn had misled the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his discussions with former Russian ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak.

Sessions, a former Republican senator from Alabama, responded with a rare public statement, saying that he and his department "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations".

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